By Lisa Twaronite and Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Friday, buoyed by Wall Street's gains the previous day, but investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report later in the session. The euro remained near overnight highs following the European Central Bank's decision not to ease policy, while the safe-haven yen continued to sag after suffering sharp losses as risk appetite returned. U.S. nonfarm payrolls are forecast to have increased by around 149,000 in February, according to a Reuters survey of economists, up from the weather-depressed gains of 113,000 in January and 75,000 in December. Market watchers said expectations may have been lowered by the soft ADP private-sector jobs report and ISM services sector survey released earlier this week.
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